More Hybrid Rudiments

I’ve just added three additional downloads to the Hybrid Rudiments page. These include:

Sheet 3

  • Cupcakes – a Flamacue Drag with accented flams on the first and second notes
  • Opies – a five note pattern, sticked RLLRL or LRRLR, with a flam on the fifth note of each
  • Parabuzzle – a Paradiddle with the fourth note buzzed/crushed
  • Kramer – a Pataflafla with cheese on the fourth note
  • Flyz – two Swiss Army Triplets, with the second note of each buzzed/crushed, followed by a Flam Tap

Sheet 4

  • Didda-let – a single accented stroke followed by a double stroke; a common variation reverses the order
  • Dragateenth – a group of four 16th notes played as alternating strokes with the first note diddled (double stroke/drag)
  • Side Flamadiddle – a four note grouping sticked RLLL or LRRR with a flam on the first note of each
  • Four Note Swiss Army Triplet – a Swiss Army Triplet with an extra note on the same hand after the flam
  • Cheese-Ka – a Four Note Swiss Army Triplet with an accent on the fourth note; also called “Aaron Swiss”

Sheet 5

  • Gallops – a Didda-let with a flam on the second note; when played properly this produces a “galloping” sound
  • Puguda – a Didda-let followed by an accented note
  • Shirley Murphy – a single stroke + double stroke + triple stroke; also called “1-2-3”, “Murphs”, “Murfs” or “Shirley Murphies”
  • Pataflaka – a Cheese-Ka with an extra flam on the fourth note
  • Side Cheeseadiddle – a Side Flamadiddle with cheese on the first flam of each

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More Hybrids!

I’ve added another sheet free to download here.

Hybrid Rudiments – Sheet 2 includes:

  • One Handed Flam Drag
  • Grandpas (you knew it was coming)
  • Chutuddas
  • Diddle Herta
  • Cheese Paradiddle

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Introducing Hybrid Rudiments

I’ve added a new page and new downloadable resources covering the vast world of Hybrid Rudiments. Additional resources will be added to this page throughout the year.

Hybrid rudiments are the combining of two or more rudiments to create a new rudiment or rudiment pattern. This is not always the case as there are instances of hybrids containing only one rudiment, but have become universally recognized and adopted as a common rudiment pattern. Since there are an infinite number of combinations and stickings, there is no official list of hybrid rudiments, and new hybrids are no doubt created almost daily. Even the names can vary for the same hybrid. There are currently 500+ more widely accepted hybrid rudiments.

The first resource includes the hybrids Hertas, Grandmas, Choo-Choo, Alternated Pataflafla and Cheese.


Year-end Sale!

Now through the end of 2014 my self-published books, “Rudimental Solos for Snare Drum for the Advanced Drummer” and “Quicksteps and Drum Beatings,”  will be on sale for just $5 each! The first is a collection of original solos I’ve written over the years and the second contains selections from Bruce and Emmett’s “The Drummer’s and Fifer’s Guide,” a Civil War-era publication first published in 1862. Two great gift ideas for any drummer, young or old. Get yours today!


Holiday Sale

Earlier this year I self-published two books, “Rudimental Solos for Snare Drum for the Advanced Drummer” and “Quicksteps and Drum Beatings.” Now through Christmas I will be selling these for $5 each. The first is a collection of original solos I’ve written over the years and the second contains selections from Bruce and Emmett’s “The Drummer’s and Fifer’s Guide,” a Civil War-era publication first published in 1862. Either would make a great gift for the holidays for any drummer, young or old. So what are you waiting for? Buy one!


My Library

For anyone interested, I’ve added a page listing my percussion library with links to most of the material. A lot of useful studies, solos, method books and more for the new and experienced percussionist.
My Library


“Stick Anatomy” Update

I added a downloadable PDF of the Stick Anatomy page. Band Directors, I have other PDF’s that are specifically for beginning percussionists. If you use them, I would love to hear about it and any success stories, as well.

Rudimental Learning Sequence – breaks the 40 International Drum Rudiments into a suggested order for learning years 1-4

Care and Maintenance – how to replace and tune the batter and snare heads

Snare Drum Anatomy – yes there are actually names for all those different parts, and not many young drummers have a clue what they are called

Stick Anatomy – believe it or not a drumstick has 6 identifiable areas. Check it out!


Strube’s Drum and Fife Instructor Available Online

“Strube’s Drum and Fife Instructor” by Gardiner A. Strube (1869) has proven rather elusive to find online. But thanks to the diligence of Will Chappell, a PDF has finally been found. Download it here and enjoy.


Snare Drum Anatomy Download

One of my most popular pages by far is “Snare Drum Anatomy.” Today I have added a link to that page for a PDF download of the “Snare Drum Anatomy.” It is a single page and contains all the information found in the online version.


“Wrecker’s Daughter Quickstep”

“Wrecker’s Daughter Quickstep” from “Howe’s United States Regulation Drum and Fife Instructor” by Elias Howe (1861) has been added to Resources category under Rudimental Solos. Three downloads are available. The first contains the fife and drum parts with no dynamic markings, just as it is in Howe’s “Instructor.” The second download includes the fife and drum parts and dynamic markings as determined from online research of a different publication of the same tune published in 1840 (source). And the third the fife and drum with added flams, possibly omitted in printing, but in keeping with common flam placement in other period manuals.

Wrecker’s Daughter Quickstep – fife and drum

Wrecker’s Daughter Quickstep – fife and drum, with dynamic markings

Wrecker’s Daughter Quickstep – fife and drum, with added flams


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